My partner and I had booked in for just one night in the Briers. I wish we had been staying longer!
We checked in on Saturday afternoon, following an overnight hike through the Mournes. We only had the opportunity to meet one of the proprietors - Susan - and she was very welcoming and helpful, being able to refer us to a reputable local taxi firm, offering to lend a mobile phone charger and helping me to remember the name of the restaurant we had booked.
The room itself was larger than we expected, very clean and with a well-kept en suite bathroom. The bed was extremely comfortable, although having not slept in the previous 36 hours I was probably very easily pleased in that respect.
No tea/coffee facilities in the room was the only very slight letdown for me - these are provided in the communal reading room however. Under different circumstances I wouldn't have minded at all but, being exhausted and grubby from my hike, I fancied a quiet cup of tea in my room. Not a big deal, though.
The breakfast was very nice. A very generous pot of tea and equally large cafetiere were served to the two of us, along with a traditional Ulster Fry that was very tasty - there was plenty of choice on the menu though, for those who prefer something a bit lighter when they wake up.
Overall, it was a great place to stay. Very good value and a perfect place to rest after a hard trek. The next time I fancy a trip through the Mournes I won't hesitate to book in, and I'll stay longer than one night!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the heart of South Down, our 18th Century Country House provides an excellent base at the foot of the Mourne Mountains whilst still being within easy reach of Newcastle and the many activities it has to offer. Just a 15 minute walk from the town, and less than an hour from the cities of Belfast, Newry and Lisburn, the Briers is in an ideal location for walkers, wedding guests and sight-seers alike. For the more adventurous, we offer a fantastic location to begin to explore the varied terrain around the area, with plenty of outdoor centres to help you on your way, whilst the luxurious seaweed baths and nearby seaside spas offer a less strenuous way to recharge your batteries. Combined with breath-taking views, spacious and comfortable rooms and ever-friendly service, it'll feel like a home from home in no time! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Briers Country Hotel
- Briers Country House Newcastle, Northern Ireland